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0-for-36 Should Say Enough

Detroit fans probably have that number embedded in their brains by now...

from Anshar Khan of Mlive,

The Detroit Red Wings play 14 of their final 23 games on the road and need to win a fair share of them to get into the playoffs.

They're going to need a contribution from their power play. They haven't gotten it yet.

Following Saturday's 3-0 loss at Columbus, the Red Wings are 0-for-36 on the power play in 10 road games. They are the only club that hasn't converted on the man-advantage away from home.

They have the personnel. They've shown that at home, where they rank ninth in the NHL at 22.6 percent (14-of-62).

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I think a LOT of this team’s problems are mental.

They try the same things over and over on the PP, and it never works. Standing around behind the net longer than you need to when you have Eaves skating up the ice, and then letting the forecheck pounce on you. Not being ready to play at noon.

We’ve seen that the players don’t matter. They can put it all together and be a good team. I wish I knew why they look so different on different nights though.

Posted by CrimsonPhoenix on 03/09/13 at 08:16 PM ET

Chet's avatar

by the way, after 25 games, toronto has more points than detroit.

how’s that for perspective?

Posted by Chet from twitter: thegansen on 03/09/13 at 10:22 PM ET

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The Wings’ answer to the PP is the One-Timer shot.
If a player stops the puck, then shoots, this gives the goalie & defense time to react.
Successful PP’s set up the one-timer, both from the blue line and down low.

However, this requires having players willing to take the shot…

Of course, there are other basics needed for the PP:
You need a “Homer” screening the goalie & tipping pucks.
You need guys crashing the net for rebounds.
You need good player movement and good passing.

But the ingredient the Wings miss is the one-timer.

imho

Posted by w2j2 on 03/10/13 at 09:08 AM ET

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The problem with the power play is the system itself. The Wings are trying to do the same thing that stopped working last season without the two key players that made it work to begin with, Lidstrom and Holmstrom.

The solution is to change the system, and there is no excuse for not doing so even if it would have taken half of this season to make it work. Instead, half the season has been wasted on trying to make a system work without the personnel who can execute it.

This is what we know: Z has had success creating plays behind the net in the triangle offensive scheme, Pav works magic along the left wing boards, Brunner can pass almost as well as he can shoot and has a very quick release, and the defense is best suited to keeping the puck in the zone and sneaking in for the occasional shot rather than quarterbacking a power play.

So play a triangle overload with Z as quarterback behind the red line, Pav controlling the left side, and Brunner on the right. Have Kronwall and Smith up top to keep the puck in play and sneak into the slot for quick shots when the opportunity arises.

A good coach tailors the system to fit the players’ strengths and hide their weaknesses, not force the players to fit into a system that exposes their weaknesses and ignores their strengths.

If Babcock doesn’t wake up making the playoffs won’t matter because a team with no power play is guaranteed to be a quick out.

Posted by Bradley97 on 03/10/13 at 12:22 PM ET

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All of the above.

Posted by MsRedWinger from Flori-duh on 03/10/13 at 01:27 PM ET

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